I’ve been studying the book of James for the last several weeks, so this work immediately seemed to resonate with me.
We are so easily led to sin because our desires for pleasure are so strong.
Of course, we don’t often stop to think of how those desires might be twisted or how they could take us into danger zones.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children’s poems.
By day she woos me, soft, exceeding fair:
But all night as the moon so changeth she;
Loathsome and foul with hideous leprosy
And subtle serpents gliding in her hair.
By day she woos me to the outer air,
Ripe fruits, sweet flowers, and full satiety:
But through the night, a beast she grins at me,
A very monster void of love and prayer.
By day she stands a lie: by night she stands
In all the naked horror of the truth
With pushing horns and clawed and clutching hands.
Is this a friend indeed; that I should sell
My soul to her, give her my life and youth,
Till my feet, cloven too, take hold on hell?
We should always ask ourselves the question, is this desire for pleasure a friend or foe?